Fed Up With Thieves Holding Up Pharmacies, Walgreens Uses Time-Delay Safes (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

August 27, 2014 Updated Aug 27, 2014 at 6:26 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- It's a scene we've seen across Indiana again and again -- crooks holding up pharmacies and demanding prescription drugs.

But now, one major pharmacy chain fights back in a new way.

Starting Wednesday, Walgreens follows in the footsteps of many banks across the country, installing time-delay safes.

Oxycontin, oxycodone, and other powerful pills will be locked away in safe. But even when pharmacists turn the key, the safe won't open for nearly ten minutes.

It's a wait time pharmacists don't mind, but they hope theives certainly do.

"We really appreciate them [Walgreens] taking this effort. If the suspects know you're not going to get the drugs from the store, they won't come in. That's the best way to stop a crime, to make sure it never happens," said Allen County Sheriff (R), Ken Fries.

Indiana and Kentucky join Walgreens in six other states by implementing this safety practice.




What are your thoughts CLICK HERE to leave us a "Your2Cents” comment.

Want to be in the know for the next weather event, the next school closing or the next big breaking news story?

TextCaster alerts from Indiana's NewsCenter are your defining source for instant information delivered right to your cell phone and email. It's free, easy and instant. Sign-Up Now!

Powered by Summit City Chevrolet



© Copyright 2014, A Granite Broadcasting Station. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.